Built in 1848, the Buffalo Gaslight Company began the manufacture of illuminating gas from coal in horizontal retorts. This plant produced gas from coal, oil and other feedstocks but also produced many by-products which were stored on-site. Over time, these by-products leaked into the ground.
Health & Environmental Risks
BTEX, PAH and cyanide impacted soil and groundwater throughout the majority of the property.
Sensitive odor-control issues due to the nature of contamination and proximity to Buffalo’s downtown business concentration.
Structural considerations included foundation support for excavation beneath the Waterfront Elementary School and support of below-grade public utility infrastructure adjacent to deep excavations.
Limited to an 8-month remediation schedule due to an aggressive redevelopment schedule.
Remediation included the excavation, stabilization and off-site disposal of over 175,000 tons of coal tar and cyanide contaminated soils.
Design & fabrication of a water treatment system to treat over 4,000,000 gallons of impacted water.
Demolition of over 5,000 CY of concrete slabs and foundations.
Removal of impacted soils from beneath Waterfront Elementary School.
Import and placement of over 90,000 CY of structural fill material.
Site Redeveloped into the 350,000SF HealthNow Complex opened in Sept. 2007.